Former Arsenal man moves to Stamford Bridge.
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Chelsea have confirmed the signing of Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona on a five-year contract, although the transfer fee has not been declared, the Blues have announced on their website.
The midfielder returns to London after spending eight years at Arsenal earlier in his career. Following three years at Barcelona, where he was in and out of the first team, he moves to Stamford Bridge in a sensational switch.
It was well-known that former club Arsenal had the opportunity to sign the Spain international, but turned it down, opening the door for their Premier League rivals. This is something that Fabregas alluded to in a statement he made on his Facebook page.
“Firstly I would like to thank everyone at FC Barcelona where I enjoyed three wonderful years. It was my childhood club and I will always be proud and honoured that I had a chance to play for such a great team,” said the 27-year-old.
“I do feel that I have unfinished business in the Premier League and now is the right time to return. Yes, everyone knows that Arsenal had the first option to sign me. They decided not to take this option and therefore it wasn’t meant to be. I wish them well in the future.
“I considered all the other offers very carefully and I firmly believe that Chelsea is the best choice. They match my footballing ambitions with their hunger and desire to win trophies. They have an amazing squad of players and an incredible manager. I am fully committed to this team and I can’t wait to start playing.”
Whilst the value of the transfer has not been confirmed, respected Spanish journalist Guillem Balague believes it to be in the region of €33 million, roughly £26.5 million.
Even though Barcelona have not said it, the deal is 33 million euros plus variables.
— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) June 12, 2014
Fabregas will wear the number four shirt at Stamford Bridge which was vacated by the departing David Luiz this summer. Fans can expect him to line-up in central midfield alongside the likes of Nemanja Matic and Ramires.